Xiomara Castro Brings Hope to Hondurans

Álvaro Verzi Rangel Hondurans elected the leader of the Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre), Xiomara Castro, as the new president of the nation and successor to Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH), questioned for corruption and drug trafficking, whose National Party was ousted after 12 years of power, reached after the “soft coup” against Manuel Zelaya, coincidentally…

Elections in Honduras: The Challenge of Ending Twelve Years of Neoliberalism

Giorgio Trucchi Honduras is at the most important crossroads of its recent history On November 28, more than 5 million Hondurans will be asked to elect the President of the Republic, 128 deputies to the National Congress, 20 to the Central American Parliament, 298 mayors and more than 2 thousand municipal councillors. As the election…

Honduran Campesino Leader Explains the ZEDEs

Kawsachan News A wide range of sectors in Honduras are continuing to mobilize against the Economic Development and Employment Zones (ZEDEs) with the general election now one month away. Campesino, indigenous and Afro-descendant movements and communities say the large scale territorial concessions amount to a flagrant violation of national sovereignty and will result in mass displacement. Frequent protests against…

US Intervention and Capitalism Have Created a Monster in Honduras

W. T. Whitney Chilean author and human rights advocate Ariel Dorfman recently memorialized Orlando Letelier, President Allende’s foreign minister. Agents of dictator Augusto Pinochet murdered Letelier in Washington in 1976. Dorfman noted that Chile and the United States were “on excellent, indeed obscenely excellent, terms (like they are today, shamefully, between the United States and…

Honduras: From Repressive Dictatorship to Participatory Democracy

Enrique Alberto Flores Lanza A proposal to get out of the worst social, economic and political crisis of our recent history. REFOUNDATION AND SOCIAL CONSENSUS. In Honduras every citizen who enjoys freedom of conscience, and submits to the force of reason, agrees on the need to end the opprobrious and repressive Dictatorship of Juan Orlando…

David Castillo Found Guilty in Assassination of Berta Cáceres

Zoe Alexandra David Castillo, former president of DESA, was found guilty in the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Cáceres’ organization, COPINH, declared the ruling a ‘people’s victory’ and step towards breaking the pact of impunity in Honduras Roberto David Castillo, the former president of the Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA) company and a West Point trained military…

The US Stake in Nicaragua and Honduras’s 2021 Elections

John Perry Both Honduras and Nicaragua hold presidential elections in November 2021 and the US government has a strong interest in both, although for rather different reasons. Both have incumbent presidents who will either stand again or, in the case of Honduras, more likely be replaced as candidate by a successor seen as reliably committed…

COVID-19 as Pretext for Repression in the Northern Triangle

John Perry “He’s not a doctor, I don’t think.” Trump had just finished a phone call with Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH), the de facto president of Honduras who runs a  narco-state[1]. On April 30, JOH was indirectly implicated in drug and murder charges by the US Justice Department[2] in a case against a former chief…

From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand

Don Fitz March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences…

Honduras: Five Years Demanding Justice

Peoples Dispatch Berta’s organization, COPINH, has called for a series of global actions to intensify the struggle demanding justice in her case Five years have passed since Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta was the co-founder and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and…

Guatemalan Security Forces Repress Honduran Migrant Caravan Heading Towards the US

Peoples Dispatch Guatemalan security forces repressed thousands of Honduran migrants with tear gas and stun grenades on January 17, in the town of Vado Hondo, in the department of Chiquimula, bordering Honduras. Photo: Prensa Libre Guatemalan military and police forces, on January 17, repressed the caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants and prevented them from…